A Municipal Court is a trial court that deals exclusively with cases involving city ordinance violations. Offenses brought before a municipal court are those that occur within the limits of the municipality. Examples of violations handled in municipal court are traffic violations, disorderly conduct, vandalism, loitering, theft, building code violations, health code violations and public intoxication.
Functions of a Municipal Court include the following:
A sentence to pay monetary forfeitures to the City is the primary sentence imposed on a guilty/liable defendant. A municipal judge/hearing officer may require a defendant’s participation in one of several community service or educational programs. If a defendant does not pay the forfeiture, a judge/hearing officer may suspend the defendant’s driving privileges through the State or file against the individual's credit report or seek warrant for arrest depending on severity of the case. In addition to determining the guilt or innocence of a defendant, the Municipal Court judges are also interested in encouraging lawful behavior and discouraging repeat violations by the same defendants.
Municipal Court records are available to the public, with the exception of juvenile cases.
All actions of the Municipal Court may be appealed. Both the defendant and the City Attorney/City Representative have the right to appeal the judge's decision. Appeals are heard at the Circuit Court.
How is the Markham Municipal Court Organized?
There are two branches of the Markham Municipal Court: Code Violations and Traffic Violations. The following dates are scheduled dates for case hearings, 9 am for Code Violation court and 6 pm for Traffic/Red Light Camera Violation court.
2018 Court Dates